Dragon Tears Japanese maple is a relatively new introduction and is sure to please. Dragon Tears has leaves that emerge crimson red and mature through the summer to a deep burgundy. Dragon tears is unique in that it grows horizontally (similar to Acer palmatum lace leafs) and has a semi-pendulous habit. Fall color is bright red. Mature size is 6′ H by 6′ W. Hardy but provide shade in the afternoon in very hot climates.